With all the talk about the concepts we saw in Detroit this past week, letÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s travel back in time to the 2006 North American International Automotive Show and head towards the Aston Martin stand and the Rapide concept.
FordÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s then Aston Martin division showed a four door sedan essentially a DB9 coupe that has been stretched by 11.8 inches, built off the same aluminum VH architecture as both the DB9 and the two-seater V8 Vantage. It used a 480-hp; 5.9-liter V-12 engine mated to a ZF manu-matic transmission and weighed just 309 pounds more than the two-plus-two-seater DB9 coupe.
When Ford decided to skip out on Aston Martin the Rapide concept was 86Ã¢â‚¬â„¢d. When the David Richards era started at Aston Martin one of the first orders of business was to resurrect the Rapide.
Crack Eurospies caught a glimpse of the new Rapide in a petrol station.
Except for a modified rear end all remains pretty much the same as the concept.
The Rapid is likely to land on showroom floors sometime in 2009 and will be launched as a 2010 model to do battle in a hugely competitive market against the likes of the Porsche Panamera, VW Passat CC, Audi A7 and Mercedes CLS.